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Hi Beth, just wanted to let you know that the "Bow Articulation part 3" is missing or...."teeeeny tiiinnyy" :-)


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Posted: February 14, 2011

Papa Bear
General information request: when I post on the Community page I cannot get the paragraph to separate lines. Instead of separate thoughts, all of my responses are displayed as one long paragraph. I'm sure it's my computer but not sure how to correct this.

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Posted: February 11, 2011

Papa Bear
Hello Beth - This weekend, while in Nashville, I mentioned the Violin Lab and taking fiddle lessons and was corrected by some of the folks. They said the Violin Lab is for teaching classical violin and not fiddling. I’m okay with whatever you’re teaching because I have started at the beginner level learned a lot (I have a lot to learn) but my question is: have you ever made a syllabus for your program that could be used for fiddling or are there lessons that I should skip since I will only be playing fiddle tunes as opposed to classical? Thanks, Papa Bear

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Posted: February 10, 2011

Bug List

Perhaps we need a thread to report bugs, or maybe just not knowing how things work. I click on the check box for my queue and favorites, but they do not show up on those respective lists. Is this a bug or do I need to do more than just check those boxes?

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Posted: January 15, 2011

Hi Beth!

I know that you are working on Suzuki Book 1 songs and that you will upload them soon. If it's not asking too much, could you also do a quick tutorial on some of the exercises listed on the book?

For example, I'd love to see a tutorial on the following:

Suzuki Book 1, pg 34


Suzuki Book 1, pg 36

I know that you are probably booked with all sorts of projects, so whenever you have the time is fine.

Many Thanks!

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Posted: February 8, 2011

Bravo Beth, First, I am impressed with the amount of work that you have quite evidently put into the online instructional videos. You should be proud of yourself. Of course the new format will take some getting used to but so what, that is part of the journey. You may have a set of videos on this topic already, if you do please ignore, there is a lot of information 'out there' about selecting a quality violin. But I have yet to find good information on qualities to look for when buying a bow. Could I impose on your 'spare time' and include a video on what to look for when selecting a bow as well as names of quality bow makers. Cheers, Ray

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Posted: January 14, 2011

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I can't wait to get home to watch and practice all the New Suzuki Book 1 tutorials. Beth, you are the best!

Just in case I missed it . . . . . Thank you!    ;-)

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Posted: February 11, 2011

Hello everyone!

I found this little TEMPO guide today and I thought it might be helpful to some of you music novices, such as myself. Although my metronome has some labels depicting tempo variations, it's not as complete as this.    Enjoy! ;-)

  • Grave – <40 bpm – Extremely Slow
  • Largo – 42 – 66 bpm – Very Slow
  • Adagio – 58-97 bpm – Very Slow
  • Larghetto – 60-66 bpm – Rather Slow
  • Andante –76-108 bpm – Moderately Slow
  • Moderato –66-126 bpm – Moderately
  • Allegro –120-168 bpm – Rather Fast to Fast
  • Presto – 168-208 bpm – Quite Fast
  • Prestissimo – 184-240 bpm – Very Fast

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Posted: February 9, 2011

Here's a thought that I'm just throwing out there-instead of calling it "the bow hold/grip" which has conotations of gripping or seizing the bow and thereby sets up (in the mind of us beginners) the death grip. Why not call it "cradling the bow/the bow cradle"?

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Posted: February 9, 2011

Well I have started a new ritual today and hopefully this will help my violin progress.

A little background is probably in order first. . . . . . I'm a morning person, but because of my schedule it's been very hard for me to practice my violin in the mornings as everyone in my house are still sleeping. Thus in order to accommodate everyone, I have been practicing in the evenings (before or after dinner) depending on how things goes when I get home. While I do lock myself away and dedicate the entire time to make that time the most productive, I often times am too tired and don't think that I am making much progress. Or at least not progressing as fast I should.

Then, of course, there are those days that I simply skip practice all together as I have so much going on that I barely have enough time to even get some sleep. While I don't like missing practice, I simply have to accept the fact that life is just too busy and there isn't enough time on a day to get everything done.

Well I may have found a solution. I notice that I have about an hour (sometimes more) of down time before I start work. So today, I packed my violin and brought to work with me and used that time to practice. I have a locker that I can safely keep my violin during the weekdays so that I won't have to carry it around every day. I'll just have to remember to bring it home on the weekends.

I did practice this morning (finger tapping and finger pressure) and it was nice to be able to practice when I feel most alive and alert. I'll try it for a couple of weeks and see how that goes. Hopefully I will progress a bit faster, but most of all I will not be as tired as I am in the evenings.

I need to become a decent player and work on my technique if I am to keep up with ALL of you come 2012 when we get together in Austin. ;-)

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Posted: February 8, 2011

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